12 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

12 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

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12 days in Madrid, South of Spain & Barcelona Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Madrid
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Cordoba
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
3
Seville
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 45 min
4
Ronda
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Malaga
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Granada
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
7
Barcelona
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

1
night
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take a stroll through Gay Madrid & the Chueca District, then take a stroll through Gran Via, then examine the collection at Prado National Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Retiro Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Plaza Mayor and then contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip planning tool .

Kochi (Cochin), India to Madrid is an approximately 16-hour combination of subway, taxi, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in April, expect Madrid to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

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Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cordoba online visit planner .

Take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Madrid, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Seville.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Jewish Quarter (Juderia) ©
Jewish Quarter (Juderia)
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos ©
Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos

2
nights
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, delve into the distant past at Archaeological Ensemble of Italica, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Espana, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Plaza de Espana. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Alcázar of Seville, wander the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz, then admire the striking features of Torre Giralda, and finally pause for some photo ops at Seville Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Seville trip builder .

Traveling by train from Cordoba to Seville takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in April, you will find days in Seville are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ronda.

Things to do in Seville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Plaza de Espana, Archaeological Ensemble of Italica
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Plaza de España ©
Plaza de España
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Barrio Santa Cruz ©
Barrio Santa Cruz

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nights
Ronda

Ronda ©
Renowned for its deep gorge, the quaint, whitewashed village of Ronda has preserved its charm as an Andalusian country village.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Zahara de la Sierra, then take a stroll through La Ciudad, then take in breathtaking views at El Tajo de Ronda, and finally get great views at Mirador de Aldehuela. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the views from Puente Nuevo, wander the streets of Old City, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reservatauro Ronda.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ronda trip planner .

Getting from Seville to Ronda by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Malaga.

Things to do in Ronda

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Zahara de la Sierra
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El Tajo de Ronda ©
El Tajo de Ronda
Old City ©
Old City
Puente Nuevo ©
Puente Nuevo

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Malaga

Malaga ©
Modern yet historic, Málaga is a lively city famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Malaga Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Alcazaba, then step into the grandiose world of Castillo de Gibralfaro, then explore the world behind art at Museo Picasso Malaga, and finally explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Malaga trip app .

Getting from Ronda to Malaga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Malaga sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Malaga

Historic Sites Museums
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Malaga Cathedral ©
Malaga Cathedral
Castillo de Gibralfaro ©
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano

1
night
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de San Juan de Dios and then take in breathtaking views at Los Cahorros.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Granada travel planning website .

You can drive from Malaga to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Malaga in April since evenings lows in Granada dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Granada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Los Cahorros
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Basilica de San Juan de Dios ©
Basilica de San Juan de Dios

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night
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the history behind Casa Batllo, then wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, and then contemplate the long history of Carrer Petritxol.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Barcelona tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Granada to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Barcelona are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic
Carrer Petritxol ©
Carrer Petritxol

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